As a follow-up to the story, “Heartwarming Photograph Brings Donations Flooding in for Dog’s Treatment,” published on August 7th, John Unger and Schoep of Bayfield, WI, have become an internet sensation. Together for 19 years, Shoep now suffers from arthritis and hip dysplasia, a condition that affects his back legs. Schoep is most comfortable with no pressure on his body so John takes Shoep into Lake Superior, holding Shoep in his arms, floating.
“Not too many more times are we going to be able to do this, so every time now it’s a pretty special feeling, the bouyancy it gives him in the water relieves the pain, or at least some of it to the point where he’s relaxed,” says John. John ask Hannah Stonehouse of Stonehouse Photos to take just a few pictures so he could remember the special time he and Schoep share.
The photo has been viewed over 3 million times and shared 150,000 times.